Eastern Standard

Thursday 11:00 am; Sunday 6pm

WEKU's weekly public affairs program discussing topics and concerns of Central and Southeastern Kentucky, hosted by John Hingsbergen.

Call 800-621-8890 with your questions or comments during the show. You can also email your comments to wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, or post your comments and questions on Facebook and Twitter.  Between shows, you are welcome to leave a comment or question on the WEKU Listener Comment Line at 859-622-1657.   If you allow us to do so, we may use your comments on the air.

We're interested in your questions, comments or personal stories.




Mon January 27, 2014
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Eastern Standard: Is Teaching Creationism Harmful to Children, Society?

Send your comments or questions before this week's show to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or leave a message at 859-622-1657

As Bill Nye, the Science Guy gets ready to debate the founder of Kentucky’s Creation Museum, we’ll have our own conversation on the topic on Eastern Standard.

Is teaching creation to children harmful to them and to our society?

Is evolution merely one theory of the earth’s origins and equal to creationism?

Is this topic even worthy of a debate?

Our guests for this show:

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Sun January 19, 2014
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EKU President Benson on Eastern Standard

"Selfie" taken by @ekuprez Michael Benson during his visit to the WEKU studios
Credit Michael Benson, PhD

EKU President Dr. Michael Benson will be with us to give us an update on some of the projects and initiatives he has launched since his arrival last summer and to answer your questions.

Send a question in advance to wekueasternstandard at gmail dot com or call 859-622-1655 or call in “live” during the show.

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Mon January 13, 2014
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Preventing Gun Violence on Eastern Standard

Over a 100,000 people are injured or killed by gun violence in the US each year.  That’s according to a report commissioned by the Centers for Disease Control.

The report recommends a “public health approach” to preventing future harm and injuries.

On this week’s Eastern Standard, our topic is “preventing gun violence.”  Is it through tougher and more restrictive laws or education and firearms training.

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Sat January 4, 2014
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Ky Online Health Exchange on Eastern Standard

Kentucky's healthcare exchange is the topic on Eastern Standard Thursday January 9 at 11:00 am
Credit wkms.org

More than 123,000 Kentuckians are now enrolled in new health coverage through the state’s health exchange website, Kynect.   State officials report that, since open enrollment began on Oct. 1, the website has enrolled an average of 1,300 Kentuckians in new health coverage each day. 

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Mon December 30, 2013
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Ky Author, Murdoch's World & Host of PRI's The World on Eastern Standard

Marco Werman, host of PRI's The World

In a special holiday program, NPR media correspondent and author David Folkenflik discusses his book Murdoch's World: The Last of the Old Media Empires (2013 Public Affairs.)  We'll also meet Marco Werman, the host of PRI's The World and talk with Kentucky author David Bell about his latest mystery novel,

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Mon December 23, 2013
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StoryCorps Founder David Isay & Grammy-Winner Ricky Skaggs on Eastern Standard

Grammy Winner and Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs is with us for this week's Eastern Standard.

In a special holiday program, the founder of StoryCorps discusses the iconic public radio features 10th anniversary and the recently-released book, Ties That Bind: Stories of Love &  Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps (2013, Penguin Press) ; and Grammy Winner and Kentucky native Ricky Skaggs discusses his autobiography, Kentucky Traveler: My Life In Music. (2013 itbooks)

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Sat December 21, 2013
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Health Exchange Voted Top 2013 KY News Story

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The debut of a statewide online health insurance marketplace, which earned a thumbs-up from President Barack Obama for smoothly enrolling tens of thousands of people, has been voted Kentucky's top news story of 2013.

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Sun December 15, 2013
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Top 10 KY Stories for 2013 on Eastern Standard

Let us know your top 10 news stories for 2013. Call 859-622-1657, send an email to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com or post on the WEKU Facebook Page
Credit http://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948/

The Top 10 Kentucky News Stories of 2013. What do you believe are the top stories of the past year? Send us your list by email to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, leave a voice message at 859-622-1657 or post on our Facebook Page.

Guests: Charles Compton, WEKU News Director; Stu Johnson, WEKU reporter; Peter Baniak, editor of the Lexington Herald-Leader

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Sun December 8, 2013
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Best of Eastern Standard featured

This week's show features segments of the Best of Eastern Standard.

This special edition of our program will feature highlights of previously-aired shows, including: EKU President Michael Benson; The Anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington; Fairness Ordinances in Kentucky; The Bluegrass Pipeline; Domestic Violence; and Effects of the Federal Government Shutdown on Kentucky.  We'll also hear from the man who was for many years, "The Most Heard Voice on Public Radio," Frank Tavares.

The Best of Eastern Standard, 12/12/13

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Sun December 1, 2013
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Being Jewish in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

What is it like to be Jewish in America?  Better yet, what about in Kentucky? 

Send your questions, comments or personal stories by email before Thursday morning to  wekueasternstandard (at) gmail dot com, post on Facebook, tweet us @889weku or call our Listener Line at 859-622-1657.

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Thu November 21, 2013
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JFK Legacy in Kentucky on Eastern Standard

This week's Eastern Standard is just one of the programs and news features commemorating the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.
Credit Courtesy the JFK Library

Where were you when you first learned about President Kennedy's assassination?  How did you hear about it? Did it effect you?  How do you view Kennedy's presidency half-a-century later? These are some of the questions we're asking in this week's show. 

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Tue November 12, 2013
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Prescription Drug Abuse in Kentucky

This week, we'll discuss Prescription Drug Abuse in Kentucky, with an update on efforts to eliminate abuse of prescription medications and limit their availability.  We'll discuss law enforcement efforts, the state's Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER) system and options for treatment and rehab for addicts.

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Sun November 3, 2013
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Veterans in the Commonwealth

We're interested in hearing from veterans and their families in this week's show. E-mail us at: wekueasternstandard (at) gmail (dot) com; post on Facebook or call and leave a comment at: 859-622-1657
Credit Amber Coulter / The News-Enterprise

How are military veterans from Kentucky faring?  What Services are available to them and how are we failing them?  How have public perceptions of veterans shifted from one armed conflict to another?  These are some of the questions we'll pursue and that we're inviting you to answer.

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Sun October 27, 2013
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Scariest Movies, TV on Eastern Standard

Since this week's show is on the morning of Halloween, let's have some fun!  We invite you to share your list of the scariest movies or TV shows of all time.  It's all about your opinion so there are no right or wrong answers.

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Mon October 21, 2013
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Domestic Violence in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard (audio available)

Send your questions or comments to: wekueasternstandard (at) gmail (dot) com, post on our Facebook page or leave a message at 859-622-1657.

In a recent 12 month period, at least 25 Kentucky women died at the hands of male intimate partners. For decades, law enforcement, governments and social service agencies have worked to increase awareness and prevention of such violence.  That effort continues during this year’s observance of Domestic Violence Month.

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Mon October 14, 2013
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Effects of Govt. Shutdown on Kentucky (audio available)

Write to us before this week's show at: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on the WEKU Facebook page, send a tweet to @wekuWEST or call 859-622-1657 with your story of how the government shutdown is affecting you.

How has the federal government shutdown affected you, your family or your business?  That's the topic on this week's program as we invite you to tell your story.  Please let us know if you work for the federal government and are either furloughed or still working. What about friends, neighbors, family members?

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Mon October 7, 2013
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Arts & Performance Venues on Eastern Standard (audio available)

The EKU Center for the Arts, which opened in September 2011, welcomed Executive Director Joel Aalberts this summer.

Central Kentucky has numerous facilities offering concert performances ranging from classical to country, traveling Broadway shows and special acts and events.  How can this region support these venues and what challenges do they face?

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Sun September 29, 2013
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Most Heard Voice on Public Radio on Eastern Standard (audio available)

You've heard the voice for years but likely never knew his name or seen his picture. Frank Tavares joins us on Eastern Standard.

If you've listened to NPR for more than 20 minutes, you've likely heard the voice of Frank Tavares.  Although you may have never known his name, he's been the voice that has told us of the businesses and organizations that help pay for the network programming, ending with the familiar identifier, "This is NPR.."

A sample of the iconic voice of NPR's underwriting credits.

Here's the audio from the entire show. Enjoy and let us know what you think.

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Mon September 23, 2013
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Scandals in the Commonwealth on Eastern Standard (audio available)

Tune in and call in or send your questions or comments by e-mail to: wekuesternstandard@gmail.com. You can also post on Facebook or send us a tweet @889weku.

Kentucky’s State Auditor claims the former head of the Department of Agriculture oversaw “a toxic culture of entitlement” and that unelected “special districts” constitute a $2.7 billion “Ghost Government.” Reports of misuse of taxpayer money, and a "hostile workplace" have caused Kentucky’s Director of Emergency Management to resign.

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Mon September 16, 2013
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Covering World News on Eastern Standard (audio available)

Andrew Sussman, Executive Producer of PRI's The World and Andrew Whitehead, Editor for the BBC World Service with WEKU's John Hingsbergen in Atlanta, GA.
Credit Jonese Franklin

Public radio listeners are “world citizens” and, to feed our hunger for news from beyond our own borders, we have excellent resources.  This special show will originate from Atlanta, Ga. during the annual conference of Public Radio Program Directors.

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Sun September 8, 2013
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Bluegrass Pipeline on Eastern Standard (audio available)

Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners.

A proposed pipeline will transport natural gas liquids from the Marcellus and Utica shale producing areas in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the Northeast U.S. and the U.S. Gulf Coast. Opponents are concerned about safety and alleged environmental effects as well as the role of eminent domain laws for use of private property.

WEKU's Eastern Standard of 9/12/13 discussing the Bluegrass Pipeline.

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Sat August 31, 2013
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Fairness Ordinances on Eastern Standard (audio available)

Eastern Standard is WEKU's weekly interactive public affiairs program, Thursdays at 11 am, repeated Sundays at 6 pm. Send your question or comment to: wekueasternstandard@gmail.com, post on Facebook, tweet to @wekuEST or call in during the show 800-621-8890.

A number of Kentucky communities have enacted so-called "fairness ordinances," prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation or perceived gender identity, the most recent of which is Frankfort.   The capital city has become the fifth in the state to do so among Lexington, Louisville, Covington and the eastern Kentucky city of Vicco.

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Mon August 26, 2013
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March on Washington Anniversary & Race Relations on Eastern Standard

John Hingsbergen with Dr. Everett McCorvey in WEKU's Studio "A"
Roger Duvall

During the week marking the 50th anniversary of the historic March on Washington, how are we doing in the Commonwealth?

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Thu August 22, 2013
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Pres. Michael Benson, Dr. Aaron Thompson, guests on WEKU's Eastern Standard

Dr. Michael T. Benson is Eastern Kentucky University's 12th President.
Credit Eastern Kentucky University

Eastern Kentucky University President Michael Benson will join host John Hingsbergen and Dr. Aaron Thompson, EKU professor and Vice President for Academic Affairs with the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education during WEKU's Eastern Standard, Thursday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU Stations.  The interactive program is WEKU's weekly public affairs show, returning to the air after a two-year hiatus.

EKU President Michael Benson and Dr. Aaron Thompson of the Ky Council on Postsecondary Education

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